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CI Commencement

Reminders/Frequently Asked Questions

Diplomas

Diplomas will be ordered following verification of degrees by Records & Registration. You will be notified by letter confirming that you have successfully completed all degree requirements. Diplomas will be sent to the mailing address on file in your myCI account. Expect delivery approximately four to eight weeks after your degree posts. Transcripts needed prior to the arrival of the diploma must be requested through the normal procedure. Please visit the Records and Registration website for the official request form at www.csuci.edu/records-registration/rec_reg_library.htm.

Teaching Credentials

Official credential recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will be completed by a Credential Analyst once the candidate has met all requirements and has completed a Credential Exit Check. For additional information, please contact the Credential office at 805-437-8953.

Important Reminders

  • Complete the online Reservation to Participate no later than April 30 at www.csuci.edu/commencement.
  • Purchase your cap, gown and regalia  during CI’s Grad Fest on March 5 and 6 at the Grand Salon in the North Quad, or at The Cove Bookstore after Grad Fest.
  • Pick up parking permits no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014.
  • Degree candidates should arrive an hour in advance of their designated ceremony time in order to allow ample time for parking and check-in.
  • All degree candidates should check-in at the lawn area between the Library and Malibu Halls to receive robing and line-up instructions.
  • Leave personal items such as purses, cameras, etc. with family members. There are no secure areas during Commencement for you to leave such items.
  • Due to safety reasons, children of degree candidates may not be seated in the graduate seating area.
  • Bachelor degree candidates should wear their tassel on the right.
  • Bachelor degree candidates with honors may wear the cords or medallions they received at Honors Convocation.
  • Master’s and credentials candidates should wear their tassel on the left.
  • As a matter of courtesy and respect for your fellow graduates, please remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.
  • Please do not bring horns, canned string, beach balls, etc., as they are not suitable for Commencement.
  • Alcohol is NOT allowed at the ceremony. Complimentary bottled water will be available for degree candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is Commencement?

A:  Commencement ceremonies at CSU Channel Islands (CI) are candidate’s ceremonies and not degree conferral ceremonies. Participation in a ceremony does not guarantee degree certification. Candidates who are denied will receive notification by mail from the Records & Registration office. Denied candidates are required to reapply and pay the $15 fee for graduation once all degree requirements are met.

Q:  How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

A:  If you have not done so, check with your academic advisor to make sure you have met all of the requirements to graduate. Make sure you have filed an Application for Degree and Diploma with Records & Registration. Your form and payment of $45 must be submitted to the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall, 1st floor, by the published deadline. Priority deadlines are printed each term in the Schedule of Classes. Academic advising assistance is also available through the Advising Center, located in the Bell Tower, 1st floor, 805-437-8571.

Q:  What do I need to do to participate in Commencement?

A:  You will need to complete an online Reservation to Participate by April 30. Visit www.csuci.edu/commencement. Once you have completed the online reservation, you will receive an email confirmation that you have completed the online reservation process and are therefore eligible to participate in your designated ceremony.

Q:  What if my name does not appear on the check-in list at Grad Fest?

A:  Records & Registration staff will be available at Grad Fest to review any outstanding issues in order for you to be eligible to participate in Commencement. Or, you may visit or call the Enrollment Center at 805-437-8500.

Q:  I will complete my degree in Fall 2014. Can I participate in the upcoming Spring 2014 ceremony?

A:  No. Only students who have completed their degree or credential requirements prior to Spring 2014 or will complete their work in Spring/Summer 2014 can participate in Commencement per the Academic Senate Policy on Student Participation in Commencement Exercises (SP#: 09-10)..

Q:  How many people can attend the ceremony?

A:  Due to large crowds, parking constraints and limited seating, degree candidates are strongly encouraged to limit their number of guests attending. Only vehicles displaying a University-issued Commencement Parking Permit will be allowed to park on campus. We also encourage you and your guests to carpool or take the free VISTA bus or Roadrunner shuttle from the Camarillo Metrolink Station to the campus.

Q:  What time should my family and I arrive for Commencement?

A:  It is strongly recommended that degree candidates arrive at least 30 minutes before check-in to allow for parking. Family members and guests should be seated 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Q:  Where should my guests and I park?

A:  Degree candidates should enter at University Drive from Lewis Road. Make sure your Commencement Parking Permit is placed on your dashboard before arriving at the campus so parking officers can quickly direct you to an appropriate parking area. We strongly recommend that your family and friends carpool using one of your Commencement Parking Permits.

Q:  Where on campus will check-in be held for the degree candidates?

A:  Signs will be posted on campus that will direct you to the check-in area located on the lawn between the Library and Malibu Halls. Degree candidates should check in at least an hour before the start of the ceremony where you will receive a Reader Card. You will need to complete the Reader Card at check-in and hold onto it during the ceremony.

Q:  If I am a candidate to graduate with honors, where do I get my honors cord or medallion?

A:  Honors will be given during the Honors Convocation ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Spoor Broome Library Plaza. For questions about Honors Convocation, contact Merissa Stith at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@csuci.edu, or visit www.csuci.edu/provost/honorsconvocation.htm.

Q:  How do I arrange for disability accommodations?

A:  There is a seating area designated for guests with disabilities available on a first-come, first-served basis. Degree candidates and individuals with disabilities needing specialized accommodations should contact Disability Resource Programs at ci.accessibility@csuci.edu or call (V/TTY) 805-437-3331 no later than May 2, 2014.

Q:  Who do I contact after graduation if I have any questions on career support, staying in contact or making a gift to the campus?

A:  The Alumni & Friends Association is your link back to CI. If you have any questions after graduation and need assistance, Alumni & Friends is here to help point you in the right direction. Also, being a part of the membership program provides you with career support and many ways to stay in touch with other alumni, students, faculty, and staff. See page 10 of this booklet for additional details, or you may contact us directly at 805-437-3764 or alumni.friends@csuci.edu.

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